I think MS would be wise to create a workstation version of the next OS for people like us.
Yes. With a sane user interface, not this Metro garbage.
Oh, and here's another idea: have some actual improvements too. That would be a great idea IMO. Every version of Windows before that had some, so why not this one too?
I mean, yes, they there are new features but:
-Metro? That's totally a huge step backwards. I'd rather use crappy old XP's shell over that, or GNOME 2, or KDE, or OS X, or... just about anything else.
-IE10: Yes, Chrome/Firefox downloader version 10 is a must have
-Hyper-V which almost nobody uses, is no match to VMWare's offerings, and that requires SLAT support on your CPU which means you basically need a new computer, and it just might be only available in the enterprise/ultimate editions
-Reset: you still have to backup everything, and a solid OS shouldn't really need this often anyway. Besides, you really can't trust it if your machine is infected with malware (virus infected the reinstaller). And then you still need to reinstall everything and apply all the updates and reconfigure everything. Not much gained over just using a clean system restore point either.
-Windows To Go: seemingly only in the enterprise edition, and it's not so much a "feature" but just a way to boot
-WOA: This will be a complete disaster, pure and simple.
I dunno. How about some actual improvements instead?
-Canceling print jobs that actually works! Even if it requires new driver model. And how about it supporting things like ink levels natively or better color management?
-Reading from damaged CDs & DVDs without the system freezing -- and while you're at it, give us a decent burning app for once
-Windows Media Player/Center supporting subtitles, lossless audio formats (like native FLAC support with seeking), or not having to edit the registry to get media center to see MKV files?
-Something better than notepad. See notepad++, notepad2, ultraedit, editplus and many, many others.
-Something better than paint. Seriously. I don't expect Photoshop here.
-A better explorer. How about dual panes? Being able to pause/resume large file job/move jobs? Generating lists of files as text, csv or html? File hashing?
-How about adding version management to the OS? Like a built-in TortoiseSVN of sorts, or like Apple's "versions"?
-A duplicate file finder (or as an addon to explorer). A comparison tool would be nice too.
-A better photo management/viewer app, like Adobe Bridge, Aperture, Acdsee, iPhoto and many others
-A better system cleaner (see CCleaner, nCleaner, fCleaner, etc) and why not a secure ease function?
-A better shell than cmd.exe
-Something less ghetto than the built-in zip file thing for archives. See 7zip, WinRAR, etc.
-Something along the lines of Apple's mission control/exposé/spaces, virtual desktops and all that, done right
-Better speech synthesis voices. Seriously, Anna sucks. As a developer you need to rely very heavily on SSML to make it say things.
-Have remote desktop be usable for at least one remote user when someone's logged in, or having the "host" in home premium? Even Apple lets you do this for free
-Some sort of unified updater for all your software (like the current Update thing in Win7, but where ISVs could add updates to their own apps too)
-Supporting more filesystems, including something not as crappy as FAT32 but which *all* devices can use i.e. not exFAT
-getting rid of thumbs.db and desktop.ini files all over the place
-How about some nice extras like the "Plus!" pack had back then, like nice screen savers and themes, new fun games and what not
-Centralize and restructure everything management and administration related (Control Panel + MMC + various other dialogs and places)
-A system-wide spellchecker everywhere you type
-Improve the modern but extremely awful windows dialog for scanning documents (I'll take TWAIN again over this any day)
-Something to synchronize files, a basic but decent FTP client, and a good download manager too
-Make Windows media player actually find relevant results when it searches for an album by artist & album name online
etc. There could be *so* much more stuff on this list really.
There's tons of stuff that needs improving rather badly and almost all of it goes ignored (the *only* thing they seem to have addressed is mounting ISO images). Meanwhile, we get a phone touch-based interface that simply doesn't work crammed down our throats, and we'd have to pay $100+ for the privilege too! Work on issues like those on this list, then possibly add some sort of *optional* touch interface and it would easily be the best Windows ever, and by far.